Here are the latest South Boston neighborhood notes:
Family Fun Day
The MOMS Club of South Boston will host the ninth annual Southie Family Fun Day from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, June 3 at Marine Park, Farragut Road.
The Woods School of Irish Dance, Toe Jam Puppet Band, Miss Linda’s School of Dance and more will provide the entertainment. Members of the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Department will give a K-9 demonstration.
There will also be superheroes, princesses, fire trucks, martial arts demonstrations, dancing, ice cream and lots of other refreshments.
Visit www.southiefamilyfunday.org for more information.
Family art days
The Institute of Contemporary Art, 100 Northern Ave., will host free family days from noon to 4 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays, from June 2 through Sept. 2.
Saya Woolfalk is a New York–based artist who uses science fiction, technology and fantasy to re-imagine the world and think about how combining cultures can create more utopian societies.
In “Hybrid-Digital Home,” she has collaborated with her six-year-old daughter, Aya Woolfalk Mitchell, to reinvent the ICA’s Art Lab as a warm domestic environment made up of a lively combination of patterns.
The installation combines textile patterns from around the world with computer-generated patterns based on visitor drawings created in Scratch. Developed at MIT, Scratch is a free programming language and online community where children can program and share interactive media. Visitors of all ages are invited to contribute drawings to be digitally patterned and added to the wall, creating a collaboratively generated portrait of home.
Registration is not required. Families can learn to use Scratch at an ICA family workshop on Aug. 4.
Further information can be found at www.icaboston.org or by calling 617-478-3100.
The ICA Harbor Market will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, June 2 at the Institute of Contemporary Art, 100 Northern Ave.
The community is invited to stop by ICA Harbor Market, an artisan takeover of the museum’s first floor, and shop Boston’s boldest local vendors with artisans, food, live musical entertainment, games and art making. They can also grab food and drink samples from Southie favorites.
Call 617-478-3103 or visit www.icaboston.org for more information and a list of vendors.
Taste of the Nation
Boston’s Taste of the Nation will be held from 7 to 9:30 p.m. on Tuesday, June 5 at Cruiseport Boston, 1 Black Falcon Ave.
The evening will feature the largest gathering of award-winning chefs from the region, including Jody Adams, Joanne Chang, Tony Maws, Andy Husbands and more. More than 60 of Boston’s top chefs will present delicious tastings paired with the best beer, wine and spirits. Dress is cocktail attire.
All proceeds will benefit the non-profit No Kid Hungry’s efforts to end childhood hunger.
For more information, visit https://events.nokidhungry.org/events/bostons-taste-nation or call 800-969-4767.
Starring Sterling Hayden
The South Boston Branch Library, 646 East Broadway, will screen films starring Hollywood star Sterling Hayden from 1 to 3 p.m. on Tuesdays during June.
Rugged yet handsome Hayden stars in four films from his Hollywood heyday, the 1950s, including “The Asphalt Jungle” with Jean Hagen on June 5; “The Golden Hawk” co-starring Rhonda Fleming on June 12; “The Star” co-starring Bette Davis and Natalie Wood on June 19; and “The Killing” with Vince Edwards on June 26.
Admission is free. Call 617-268-0180 for more details.
The South Boston Arts Association will host an art demonstration at its monthly meeting from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, June 6 at the Labouré Center, 275 West Broadway.
Photographer Judith Sweeney will be the guest artist.
All are welcome. Refreshments will be served.
Visit www.southbostonartsassoc.org for more information.
The Boston Harbor Islands will host a Stewardship Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, June 9 on Grape Island. The boat will depart from Courthouse Dock, 2 Northern Ave.
Volunteers will study changes in park biodiversity. They will explore the local flora and fauna and discuss the ecology and natural history of the park, working to improve the habitat for the native birds, bugs and flowers of the local national park. There will also be opportunities to search for invasive pest insects and plants and to catalog bird use in the park.
Participants should dress appropriately in layers for the weather, wear closed-toe shoes and bring a water bottle and lunch. Sunscreen and a hat are recommended. Tools will be provided.
To register, visit www.bostonharborislands.org or call 978-360-0421.
Summer reading kick-off
The South Boston Branch Library, 646 East Broadway, will host a free summer reading kick-off program at 11 a.m. on Saturday, June 9.
This year’s program is “Let’s Rock!” Children of all ages are welcome.
Call 617-268-0180 for further details.
Castle Island tours
The Castle Island Association and the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation is offering free, guided, 60-minute tours of Fort Independence at Castle Island from noon to 3:30 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. Castle Island is located at the end of Day Boulevard.
Castle Island, the oldest continuously fortified site in North America, is home to Fort Independence, a pentagonal five-bastioned fort built between 1834 and 1851. Castle Island’s eighth fort was built with granite from quarries in Rockport.
Fort Independence and Castle Island are on the State and National Registers of Historic Places.
Further information can be found at www.mass.gov/dcr or by calling 617-333-7404.
Art at the courthouse
The Moakley U.S. Courthouse, 1 Courthouse Way, is hosting special exhibits now through June 29.
The HarborPark Exhibit features paintings and drawings by Clayton Curtis and “Words of New England: A Calligraphic Exhibition of Poetry and Prose from Boston and New England” is on display in the Atrium Exhibit.
The Front Lobby is hosting “Discovering Justice Presents: The Justice Seekers Biography Project.”
Gallery hours are from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Mondays through Fridays. A photo I.D. is required to enter the courthouse.
Visit www.moakleycourthouse.com or call 617-261-2440 for further information.
Pop-up art talk
A pop-up talk will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Fridays in the fourth floor galleries at the Institute of Contemporary Art, 100 Northern Ave. The talk will introduce visitors to a different perspective of contemporary art from individuals who study the exhibitions every day. The visitor assistants (VAs), wearing “Ask Me” buttons, will give 15-minute talks in front of works of art.
Tickets are free with museum admission.
Visit www.icaboston.org or call 617-478-3103 for further details.